Kristen Rea

Kristen R.

New York, NY

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Kristen delivers an exceptional lesson experience and ranks in the top 15% of our teachers nationwide.
Teaches students:
Ages 5+

Teaching since:
August 2001

Kristen is a classically-trained French Hornist and recent Los Angeles to New York City transplant. In addition to a decade-long career as the French Horn soloist in Blast!, a Tony and Emmy award-winning theatrical production, Kristen has toured as a pit-musician for shows like the national tour of 42nd Street, performed in theme park shows at Disneyland, and recorded for film, musical artists, and other digital media in Los Angeles. Kristen holds a Bachelor of Music in French Horn performance from the University of Southern California and a Master of Fine Arts in brass performance from California Institute of the Arts.

Kristen has been teaching privately and through schools and organizations for over 15 years. She is also the founding Director of Music for CITYstage.

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French Horn Soloist
Nov 2007 - Present

-2008 "Blast!" US National Tour (Big League Theatricals)
-2008 "Blast! Fever" San Antonio, TX (Big League Theatricals)
-2012 "Ocean Blast Fever" Yeosu, South Korea (Mason Entertainment Group)
-2012 "Blast!" Japanese Tour (Kyodo Tokyo Inc.)
-2014 "Blast!" Japanese Tour (Kyodo Tokyo Inc.)
-2016 "Blast! The Music of Disney" Promo Tour (Kyodo Tokyo Inc.)
-2017 "Blast! The Music of Disney" Japanese Tour (Kyodo Tokyo Inc.)

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Freelance Musician & Teacher
May 2006 - Present

Kristen has performed with orchestral, chamber, and popular music ensembles, and has recorded for motion pictures and recording artists. She has performed in concert with musical artists like Randy Neuman, Gordon Goodwin, Wayne Burgeron, Rick Baptist, Dan Higgins, Gregg Fields and mainstream artists such as The Airborne Toxic Event.

Kristen has been a private instructor for 15+ years and served as a clinician for the Disney Performing Arts “Tune In!” workshop experience. She has also guided the development of new and existing Disney Performing Arts workshops, taken by thousands of students at the Disneyland Resort every year. In 2011 Kristen became the founding Director of Music for CITYstage, a performing arts education organization for inner-city youth in Los Angeles, an organization she has helped build with the organization's founder, Emili Danz.

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Pit Musician
Dec 2016 - May 2017
42nd Street National Tour

May 2015 - Aug 2015
Busch Gardens

French Horn Performer: All-American College Band
May 2006 - Aug 2007


Master of Music, Brass Performance
Aug 2010 - May 2012
California Institute of the Arts
Bachelor of Music, French Horn Performance
May 2002 - Apr 2006
University of Southern California


Fluent / Native Proficiency

Photos & Videos

My favorite Blast! program pic!

Ten-Minute warm-up.

Performing with "Blast! The Music of Disney."
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Teresa Nov 24, 2017
French Horn · In home

Hired Kristen to help our son Eliot who was played French horn but was really interested in doing drum corps. I have to say, my husband and I eavesdropped on their lessons and Kristen really is a very patient and encouraging teacher. Our son was really happy and even I could tell he improved during his time studying with her. Would highly recommend.

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Rachel Choi Nov 21, 2017
French Horn · In home

Kristen was my horn tutor during my year of study abroad. I arrived in the country with one goal, to march in a drum and bugle corps for my age out year. It would be an understatement to say she really helped me make the most of my musical experience in the country.

I was really impressed. Kristen draws on the richness of her own performing experiences and she has a natural talent for teaching. I always left her lessons with fresh energy, a new challenge and just enough technical and musical direction to be pushing beyond my comfort zones as a musician.

I don't want to hammer the zero-to-hero story, but with Kristen's help I went from no marching experience, to marching on mellophone in a world class drum and bugle corps that summer. It was the most amazing year of musical development, both outdoors and in a solo and concert ensemble settings, and I owe a large part of that to Kristen for her supportive approach, flexibility and, of course, her expertise.

I should add, she's really relatable and I had great fun during lessons. 10/10 would take lessons again if I were in the right country!

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